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The Great American Thing (Ahmanson-Murphy Fine Arts Books)

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Publisher Comments:

Wanda M. Corn's long-awaited new book proposes a remarkable revisioning of the history of American modern art between the two world wars. Moving away from issues of style and abstraction, she bases her work on a broad examination of culture and on discourses of national identity. Corn argues that the key questions for interwar modernists in New York and Paris were whether or not it was possible to create an art that was both American and modern, and if it was, what such an art would look like. Both European and American artists debated these questions and made art that responded to them.

Corn organizes each chapter around a careful reading of a work of art, probing first its peculiar poetry and style and then its connection to its artist and the cultural influences surrounding it. The result is an unfolding of the work's contingent relationships with history, literature, art criticism, music, and popular culture. The works she examinesand#151;from those made by the Stieglitz circle to those by European Dadaistsand#151;were part of the quest for "the Great American Thing," a quest that was international in scope and that inspired a decade of vibrant cultural exchange between the art capitals of Europe and New York.

Passionate and eminently readable, with more than 300 illustrationsand#151;drawings, paintings, sculptures, advertisements, cartoons, and documentary photographsand#151;The Great American Thing indelibly alters the way we think about the first decades of American modernism and the legacy it created.

Synopsis:

"Wanda Corn's work is a triumph, and will be a welcome and provocative addition to the literature of modernism. Each section is studded with keen insights to key players of the decade and the forces that shaped their attitudes and achievements."and#151;Charles Eldredge, author of Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern

About the Author

Wanda M. Corn is Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, and author of The Color of Mood: American Tonalism, 1890-1915 (1972) and Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision (1983).

Table of Contents

ARTISTS AND WORKS FEATURED:

Paul Rosenfeld, Port of New York, 1924

Alfred Stieglitz, Spiritual America, New York, 1924

Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917

Gerald Murphy, Razor, 1924

Joseph Stella, New York Interpreted, 1920-22

Charles Demuth, I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, 1928

Georgia O'Keeffe, Cow's Skulland#151;Red, White and Blue, 1931

Charles Sheeler, HOME SWEET HOME, 1931

Stuart Davis, The Paris Bit, 1959

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520231993
Author:
Corn, Wanda M.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Corn, Wanda
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
History - American
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
American
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Ahmanson-Murphy Fine Arts Books
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
185 b/w photographs, 140 color photograp
Pages:
470
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x 1.5 in 3.14 lb

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